The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


5. TRANSCENDENCE: Confrontation, Conflict, and Conquest

5a. The Mission

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. Neo knows that he must return to the Matrix to 1) save humans and 2) fight Agents.
S. To review, Jesus asked that Christians be left in the world to continue His work of bringing men to God, knowing that it also means warfare against a spiritual enemy. Jesus prayed about the disciples - and all believers in John 17:20 - to God the Father: "I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one…as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them…" (John 17:15-21). Again, "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…but against spiritual forces of wickedness…" (Ephesians 6:12).
M. Tank calls Morpheus "our father". Trinity adds shortly, "Morpheus sacrificed himself so he could get you out."
S. The term "father" can have two parallels here. One is as God the Father, who sacrificed Himself so he could get us out of a fallen world if we choose to accept him. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one" in John 10:30, meaning that it was indeed the Father who also died on the cross in the Trinitarian sense (also see Isaiah 9:6). As stated before, Morpheus can sometimes represent God in the film - but not in the sense that Agents can hold him captive!
The other idea for "father" can be that of a mentor or trainer (disciple-maker), which fits this scene better. The Apostle Paul called his disciple Timothy "my true child in the faith." (1 Timothy 1:2). The Apostle Paul was often persecuted or imprisoned for his ministry, and Timothy ministered to his mentor Paul in these afflictions, much as Neo will go to rescue his trainer Morpheus.
M. Neo and Trinity decide to rescue Morpheus, even if it costs their lives.
S. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).
M. Tank warns Neo that attempting to rescue Morpheus is "suicide", and lists out the forces against him: a military controlled building, and three Agents. Neo goes in anyway.
S. Faith does not consider obstacles; God can overcome anything. As Abraham said in the old testament, "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14). "Nothing is too difficult for Thee [God]..." (Jeremiah 32:17).
M. Neo says, "Morpheus believed something and he was ready to give his life for what he believed. I understand that now."
S. A Christian must mature to the point that he is willing to die for Truth. As the old saying goes, "if you have nothing to die for, you don't have anything to live for." Being willing to die for the truth means not only physical death, but also dying daily to self in favor of following Christ.
M. Neo says, "I have to go [back into the Matrix to save Morpheus]". "Why?" asks Tank. "Because I believe in something," says Neo.
S. Neo must go because he believes. True belief demands action. Faith produces works just as naturally as fire produces heat. Someone who claims he has faith, but has no works to prove it, does not have faith at all, but has a dead, false 'faith'. (James 2:14-26).
M. Agent Smith attempts to break Morpheus' faith by telling him that he is a victim of evolution.
S. The theory of evolution, which makes man a mere animal, is not of God. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, etc.) Satan will attempt to damage a Christian's faith with the lie of evolution.
M. Agent Smith adamantly tells how much he hates humanity, and how much he wants to be free of the prison of the Matrix as well!
S. Satan hates mankind with an utter hatred. And like Agent Smith, Satan is not free. God already limits Satan's activity, and it will only get worse for Satan. Currently, Satan may be allowed even in heaven at times to talk to God (see Job 1 and 2), but in the last days, God will restrict Satan to earth (see Revelation 12). God will eventually further confine Satan to an eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
M. In the hovercraft, Tank encourages the tortured Morpheus.
S. Christians must encourage each other in the spiritual battles they face. Tank's actions could also represent prayer for one another, which is a powerful weapon in the spiritual war (James 5:16).

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